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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Wednesday, June 07, 2006

OBITUARY ~ MARY ALICE (KING) CARSON
December 27, 1914 ~ May 26, 2006

Funeral Services for Mary Carson, age 91 of Bedford who died Friday, May 26, 2006 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center were held Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment was held in the Clearfield Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Bedford Ambulance or the Bedford Lioness. Please leave a message of tribute to the Carson family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Mary Alice (King) Carson was born December 27, 1914, in Taylor County, Iowa the daughter of Art C. King and Clara (Frederick) King. She grew up on the family farm east of Bedford attending rural schools and graduating from the Bedford High School class of 1932. She lived with Mrs. Trumbo in Bedford during her high school years. On January 9, 1933, she was united in marriage to Herbert Paul Carson in Pickering, Missouri. To this loving union four children were born, Virginia Eloise, Dale Leroy, Dennis Paul and Debra Louise. The couple lived in Bedford until 1934, moving to Council Bluffs and then to Los Angeles, California in 1939. After World War II the family moved to Oregon, where Mary was the Division Manager of the Sewing Department for Sears in Medford, Oregon until her retirement in 1976. In 1978, Herb and Mary moved to Crooked River Ranch, Oregon where they lived until they returned to Bedford in 1991.

Upon Mary's retirement, she and Herb enjoyed traveling in their motor home. They traveled to all 50 states where they enjoyed meeting people and doing new things. Mary took up oil painting when she was 65 years old. Her favorite painter was Norman Lowell, whom she met personally at his studio outside of Homer, Alaska. She also enjoyed needle work, crohooking and crocheting. Mary enjoyed being outdoors working in her garden and landscaping. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Medford, Oregon; a past-member of the Bedford Lioness; the Republican Ladies Club; and the Friendship Club.

Left to cherish Mary's memory are her loving husband of 73 years, Herbert Paul Carson of Bedford; four children, Virginia "Eloise" Suslick and husband Ron of Tacoma, Washington; Dale Carson and wife Megan of Tucson, Arizona; Dennis Carson and wife Benchamars of Port Orchard, Washington; and Debra McCormack and husband Michael of Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren, Randal Cohen and wife Linda; Michael Cohen and wife Anita; John McCormack and wife Ifegenia; Marialice Davis and husband Fredrick; Kevan McCormack and wife LuAron; David Carson and wife Matasha; Richard Carson and wife Stephanie; fourteen great-grandchildren, Timothy, Brian and Christopher Cohen; Madalyn and John McCormack, II; David Jr., Katherine, Vivian and James Carson; Ashley and Chance Carson; Alexander, Michael and Liam Davis; two brothers-in-law, Tom Larson and Wayne Marley, both of Bedford; and a sister-in-law, Opal King, of Bedford.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents Art and Clara King; four brothers, Max, Willis, Theodore and Frank King; and seven sisters, Oacle Mees; Opal Mees; Bessie Reed; Althea Larson; Evelyn Marley; Nina Coleson and Doris Hopson. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Mary's passing.

Transcription and Submission by Lori Russo, June of 2014

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